Recordings

The pairing of Janet Baker and John Shirley-Quirk in this music seems surprising at this distance in time, with their careers long finished and reputations solidified.John Shirley-Quirk is predominantly associated...
The recorded oeuvre of Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007) for Decca is significantly less in volume than that for EMI, Warner Classics and, of course, what he documented in Soviet Russia, but...
JoAnn Falletta has made numerous recordings, including quite a few for Naxos. The Ulster Orchestra is no stranger to the studio, either. But this is the first ‘red-light’ time together...
The accompanying literature for a set of this nature normally confines itself to musical analysis together with brief information about artists and orchestra but in this case it is entirely...
The Gould Trio is making a brave showing in recordings: a Beethoven series has started on Somm and now there is this excellent Dvořák cycle. The playing is very beautiful...
The received wisdom about Richard Strauss’s first two mature operas – Salome and Elektra – is that the composer wrote them in a progressive musical language which anticipated the abandonment...
This is the thirteenth issue under the auspices of the Barbirolli Society documenting the conductor’s highly successful tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic. This latest offering is...
This is a most distinguished package, featuring two of Denmark’s leading musicians who make up a regular duo. Christina Åstrand studied with that wonderful lady Tutter Givskov, who long led...
This is a most welcome release: further live performances from Somm by Thomas Beecham, a great conductor who nevertheless divides opinion. Here he is in repertoire that suits him down...
We’re thrown straight into an exotic, sultry and, indeed, bacchanalian world with the Samson and Delilah excerpt here given an exhilarating outing (with quiet timpani figures justly caught in the...
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